British History Online
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust,
British History Online is the digital library containing
some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern
history of the British Isles.
Our information service Unlocking
sources for new audiences aims to support all those interested in the digitisation
of historical resources, and includes information on:
- who we are
- the benefits of digitising with British History Online
- reviews of the project so far.
The Research centres behind British History Online
Centre for Metropolitan History
The Centre for Metropolitan History was founded in 1988 a research centre within
the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London. It promotes study
of the history of London as an example of the type of dominant city that we know
as the metropolis. It has recently established a section specifically concerned
with comparative metropolitan history. Since its establishment, the CMH has obtained
funding for some 28 research projects, typically of between one and three years
in duration, largely supported by national funding agencies and grant-giving trusts.
In the course of these research programmes the Centre has generated large quantities
of data, much of it in electronic form, relating to the history of London from the
eleventh to the twentieth century. The datasets contain, in all, more than 200,000
records, covering a wide range of periods and topics, and the Centre intends to
make these available through British History Online. Details of the Centre's past
and current research projects can be found on its web site.
History of Parliament Trust
The History of Parliament Trust is a major academic project to create a scholarly
reference work describing the members, constituencies and activities of the Parliament
of England and the United Kingdom.
Victoria County History
The Victoria County History (VCH) is a unique, comprehensive, and authoritative
work of English local history, arranged county by county, and based on rigorous
original research. General volumes cover subjects such as the political, religious,
economic, and educational history of each county as a whole, and topographical volumes
contain detailed historical accounts of each town, village, and parish, arranged
in a consistent format. To date about 230 volumes have been published; some county
sets are complete, while others have only one or two volumes so far published. In
2003 work is progressing on 13 counties, and overall about four volumes are published
each year. Many counties make their draft text available online before publication:
more information and links to county websites can be found on the VCH's main website.
We have also received generous support from the Arts
and Humanities Research Council, who provided a grant that enabled us to
complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers. This funding award allowed us to provide
all of the series included in the completion project completely free of charge.
We welcome donations to the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Trust Fund (Registered Charity no. 1077592). Please
contact us to find out more.
Link to us
To create a link from your site to British History Online, copy this HTML code into
your web page:
<a href="http://www.british-history.ac.uk/">British History Online</a>
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed
primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British
Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament
Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their
learning, teaching and research.